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By Belinda Ayers
CBN.com

CBN.com -- The questions may not have been easy, but ten students from Calvary Christian School System qualified as contestants for Jeopardy the Game of Ethics by correctly answering questions on a preliminary survey.  The next day, the ten contestants played two rounds of Jeopardy in front of an enthusiastic audience of their peers.  Nearly 100 students turned out to watch the event.

The game, an adaptation of the televised Jeopardy game show, was developed by the Students in Free Enterprise, a Regent School of Business organization, as a project for National Business Ethics Month.  The SIFE members were challenged by an anonymous donor to develop the game.  Calvary Christian School System accepted the challenge.

The game featured difficult questions in categories such as Business Ethics, Individuals and Ethics, Religion and Ethics, and Ethics with an E. Although many of the answers consisted of a date or a percentage, the questions were surprisingly difficult, such as the Who Said It category, featuring ethics-related quotes from historical figures.  The students were given only one night between the preliminary survey and the actual game to prepare.

The primary goal of this game show is to teach the importance of practicing business in an ethically and socially responsible manner, said Dr. Gregory Stone, founding Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise fellow for the SIFE team and entrepreneurship track associate professor at Regent.  With the onset of various companies facing ethical challenges, this type of teaching will be beneficial to our students who will be entering the workplace.

According to Stephanie Perry, SIFE member and game developer, the game is modified slightly to be more inclusive.  Weve made this game more fun by having ten initial contestants instead of three and three winners rather than just one.

The top three winners of the game won $100, $50 and $25 respectively.  They were then given a chance to earn extra cash prizes during an exciting round of  Final Jeopardy.  This final, down-to-the-wire round of the game provided students with an opportunity to win or lose it all.  However, all three contestants chose to wager conservatively, risking only three to five of their points.

We were very excited about hosting this ethics game show at Calvary Christian School, said Dr. Kenneth Burger, Sam M. Walton co-fellow and a marketing track chair at Regent.  Were elated that they accepted the challenge of providing their students, faculty and staff with a chance to have some fun playing Jeopardy the Game of Ethics, and to win some money at the same time!

SIFE is a not-for-profit organization that gives students the tools to learn the free enterprise system in a real working situation.  Guided by School of Business faculty advisors, who are named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows in honor of the late Wal-Mart founder, SIFE Teams establish a variety of community outreach programs that teach free enterprise.  For example, team members teach concepts such as supply and demand, budgeting and accounting. They help budding entrepreneurs get their plans off the ground and mentor at-risk students, inspiring them to set goals and reach them.

In its first year, Regents SIFE team won the Rookie of the Year award at the National SIFE Competition held in Kansas City, Mo.

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